12/18/2020 12:50 PM
Danny Hrbek will be entering his fourth season of professional baseball and his first with the X’s.
A right handed arm that also missed out on playing in 2020, Hrbek last pitched in 2019 in the Frontier League for the Evansville Otters. There he collected five saves in 15 outings, with a microscopic 1.08 ERA. In 16.2 innings of work he showed electric stuff striking out 27 batters while only walking five.
The soon to be 26 year old, played for both the Mets and Royals organizations. He spent two seasons with Kansas City at their rookie and Class-A levels. In 2018 with Class-A Lexington, Hrbek went 4-2 in 24 trips out of the bullpen, putting together a 4.50 ERA striking out 35 batters in 36 innings of work.
With the Mets Class-A affiliate, Columbia, Hrbek improved on those numbers. Going 4-0 in 20 appearances and a 3.12 ERA. He collected a professionally career high 50 strike outs over just 40.1 innings.
Putting together his 2019 campaign between Class-A Columbia and independent league Evansville, Hrbek went 5-2 in 35 games with a 2.52 ERA. He recorded an incredible 12.2 K/9 by whiffing 77 batters in 57 innings of work. While also showing great control walking just 16 to hit a mark of just 2.5 BB/9.
Hrbek played his college ball at Radford University in Virginia. However a closer look at his numbers there would tell that he was just as accomplished a position player and hitter as he was a pitcher.
Officially appearing as a pitcher in only his freshman and senior seasons, Hrbek appeared in 22 games, starting 16 of those his senior year. He held a 5-5 record and a 4.89 ERA in those two seasons, striking out 58 and walking 25 over 81 total innings.
When he wasn’t toeing the rubber, Hrbek was found all over the infield for the Highlanders. Playing at least 43 games at every single position on the infield.
He wasn’t just a defensive utility man either, the Pennsylvania native played in 205 games with Radford hitting a career .286, with 7 home runs, 27 doubles, 14 triples, driving in 97 RBI and scoring 104 runs while swiping 27 bags.
Hrbek’s senior season was one to remember as he was named Big South Conference First Team and Big South All-Tournament Team. He had a 12 game hitting streak that season, and finished the year with 18 hits in his final 20 games. He also threw the first ever nine inning no hitter in Radford baseball history in only his third career start.